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Pack a cooler and skillet for your next outdoor adventure.

You can make anything at a campsite that you do on your stovetop, from fresh-caught fish to steak and potatoes to banana splits!

Into the Woods

Everything tastes better when you're camping. The vital components to camp cooking are a good cooler with a drain spout and a cast-iron skillet, essentially your stovetop to-go. For extra convenience, a portable propane camp stove makes it easy to control heat.

Camping near a lake? Go fish and grill your catch. To fry on the fly, you'll need to bring eggs, spiced flour, and a breading mixture or panko. If you prefer to grill, bring a cedar plank, a dry rub, and some oil.

Landlocked? Marinate steaks or chicken before you go in gallon-size Ziploc bags and serve them whole or slice them for festive fajitas or kabobs. Potatoes and onions go with everything: cook 'em up in foil right over the campfire. Bring some tongs to protect those fingers from the heat!

Better Than Wienies and Beans

Elevate camp food to chic cuisine by bringing along ceviche, marinated overnight in citrus juice, or bruschetta--cut your tomatoes in advance and bring baguettes to make crostini on the grate over the fire. For a dose of French class (and not the kind you had in school), whip up easy Croque Monsieurs in your skillet with pre-sliced ham and Swiss from your local deli.

Stock your backpack with energy snacks by baking up a batch of bars for your troops ahead of time.

S'mores and More

The grand finale of a night by the campfire is that quintessential treat: toasted marshmallows and s'mores, or, in a variation, banana splits for happy campers. Don't forget to hold hands and sing Kumbaya!

Aug. 26, 2009 6:43 am
We tent-camped for years before we bought a small camper. The best organizational tool that I used was to buy a set of those plastic drawers and used them to permanently store supplies like a galley kitchen. When we weren't camping, they were easily stored in my utility room and then just grab and go!At the campsite, they easily slid under the folding table we set up or just outside the tent.
Sep. 9, 2009 3:52 pm
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Dec. 26, 2010 9:20 pm
We have camped for years & for weeks at a time using a cooler. The best advise for a cooler is to freeze two gallon store bought water containers in your home freezer, this last for days and doesn't drip water in the cooler. The second suggestion is to make soups and stews and freeze flat in zip lock bags before you go. They stack nicely around the ice in the cooler.
Diane E. 
Aug. 16, 2012 3:07 pm
We have camped for over 25 years, in EVERY configuration (tent, pop-up, camper / couple, family, 75+ people) and the COOLEST camp cooking tool I've used is the Campfire Oven. You make it yourself out of a cardboard box, a couple of dowel rods & aluminum foil (instructions on internet). I've baked cakes, casseroles, bread & more with it!!!! UNBELIEVABLY simple tool with SO MUCH potential... Check it out!!
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